It isn't easy to catch Bon Appetit's eye, mostly because magazines don't have organs that detect light and convert it into electrochemical impulses in neurons. Buuuuut, local butchers Salt & Time managed to do it anyway with their coffee-rubbed lomo, a piece of press that helped buoy them from farmer's market stand to this brick and mortar, where they're peddling everything from genre-pushing signature creations like Pecan Porter-brined bacon to fresh-baked bread and Cuvee coffee

Pancetta comes from the belly of the beast just like bacon (and Jonah 2:1-10), but instead of getting smoked and brined it's cured with pepper and juniper

For a small "porkage fee" salumi like this fennel/juniper/nutmeg-cured lonzino pork loin is served with a setup of bread and pickles to be eaten at the counter

Much like snake-oil salesmen, they've built their reputation on exotic cures, but the deli case is also stocked with cookable meats like breakfast goat sausage, rare beef cuts, and smoked all-pork hot dogs stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos

Also available for devouring are grab-and-go sandwiches on carbs made in-house by breadsmith Baked In Austin, also the name of Matthew McConaughey's personal blog

And also much like snake-oil salesman, you can reek of false confidence and booze thanks to a selection of top-notch local brews from the likes of Austin Beerworks and Jester King, a pair responsible for the devastation of many a small interior organ

Photos by JW Walthall

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1. Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

A butcher shop and bakery, Salt & Time slices up local, sustainable meats from farms around Austin and Central Texas. Tex-Mex (Migas, empanadas) and Southern (biscuits and gravy, pork hash) plates dominate brunch on the weekends, and every day it offers a Butcher’s Cut menu with eight to 10 high-quality offerings -- including Angus and wagyu -- cooked to medium-rare heaven. If you’re ready to up your steak game at home, Salt & Time’s butcher shop has fresh and aged steaks ready to be wrapped and weighed.

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